Even though its be mentioned, touted, and shouted, I think that a bit of explanation is in order about the Moddability of Shards.
First of all, in terms of systems and working, Shards is being designed from the ground up, to allow for easy modding. And when we say modding, we don’t mean hey just change the color scheme or theme on the UI.
“From the ground up” – no we aren’t just using that phrase because its a buzz word in the software development field implying that we re-invented the wheel by finding a new process to making it round. What we are doing, is designing a game layer on top of layer, start to finish. How we are turning that on its head, design and implement those layers so pieces of each layer can be modified, swapped, replaced, or even eliminated to change how the game plays or even make it entirely new. Change one, a few, or all pieces in a layer, in some cases replace the whole layer or take it out completely.
Really, No Bull.
- Feeling goofy, take out the combat damage, have everyone run around and whack each other but nobody takes damage.
- Feling really goofy, make people take damage whenever the letter “e” is used in chat.
- Feeling nostalgic, create dice and a duel arena, then use the dice to decide when attacks hit using old D&D rules. (Actually I think I may do that one this week, it sounds hilarious)
Just want to create a shard with your own take on magic spells and abilities, just modify the existing ones.
Want to create a new magic skill like rainbow flatulence magical cloud scents, fine go ahead.
Cross species animal breeding system? Shoot why not, I’ve always wanted a flying spider pig monkey skunk.
Shards is a sandbox. We are putting together one helluva sand box. We are building worlds, and stories and ultimately realities for players to enjoy. But, as gamers we know, we know that no matter what game you play, how great a world, there’s always the what if?, or why don’t?, or could they? questions to push the envelope of game worlds. Shards is a vehicle for use to do that, and while doing that give that same ability to everyone else.
So we’ll give you worlds, we’ll give you buildings, we’ll give you building blocks, we’ll give you cement.
We’ll cook you dinner, give you a doggy bag, a wide range of ingredients and extra spices even the freakin’ recipe.